2021-2022 Safety Incidents Timeline

After the Rana Plaza building collapse killed 1,134 workers in April 2013, more than 200 apparel brands and retailers joined together in the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. By ensuring critical renovations and repairs across 1,600 factories employing 2.5 million workers, the Accord has saved countless lives. 

Unions and apparel brands have, after long negotiations and public pressure, finalized a successor agreement to the Bangladesh Accord: the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Garment and Textile Industry, which went into effect in September 2021. This binding agreement, signed by over 160 brands, includes a commitment to expand the safety program from Bangladesh to at least one additional country during 2022–2023. 

Many of the deaths and injuries documented in this timeline could have been prevented. It is paramount that the Accord signatories swiftly and unreservedly take on the process of expanding the Accord beyond Bangladesh.

Methodology: Unless otherwise noted, information on the safety incidents is from news reports. Brands were identified primarily through import records and brand disclosure. Because some apparel brands and most textile companies refuse to reveal their supplier factories, some of the factories where we were not able to identify buyers may also be supplying international brands and retailers. We welcome you to submit suggested additions to this timeline, or corrections, to wrc@workersrights.org; please provide information sources when doing so.

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